American Bass Anglers recently announced the 2010 The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series operated by American Bass Anglers schedule and details. The series in 2010 will feature the same 21 divisions and 105 events as in 2009.
"This year the anglers gave us great feedback and we have integrated many of their recommendations into the 2010 season. To ensure we continue to offer a guaranteed purse, one enhancement to next season will be a guarantee of $2,500 for the first place co-angler to accompany the $5,000 guarantee for boaters based on a minimum field of 100 boats," said ABA president Morris Sheehan. "The boaters will also be eligible for $5,000 in Triton/Mercury/MotorGuide bonus money at each qualifying event and a $205,000 first place payout at the no-entry fee championship, plus the ultimate prize of an entry into the Bassmaster Classic. This is the simplest and best method for the weekend angler to qualify for huge paydays and the Bassmaster Classic."
First place at divisional events can pay as high as $11,000 and $14,000 at the divisional championships. The total purse at the divisional qualifying events will be as high as $50,000 and $71,750 at the divisional championships. The payouts — plus Triton, Mercury Marine and MotorGuide bonus money — makes it easy for weekend anglers to cash in some huge paydays for one-day, low entry fee tournaments.
Priority registration for the season begins Oct. 26, 2009, at 8 a.m. CT. As a special bonus, members signing up during early registration will receive a Freedom Pass free of charge.
ABA continues to focus on building better schedules for the weekend angler. Entry fees remain the same for the 2010 season for both qualifying and divisional championship events. Payouts are spread over 20 percent of the field. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division advance to one of the no entry fee regional championships, where all anglers compete both days.
At the regional championships, the first place boater will win a Triton/Mercury boat package. The top 50 boaters and co-anglers will advance to the no entry fee $680,000 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Championship.
The regional championship locations and dates are: Tensaw Delta, Oct. 22 and 23; Lay Lake, Oct. 15 and 16; DeGray Lake, Oct. 15 and 16; and Kerr Lake, Oct. 15 and 16. The series champion will advance directly to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, which will be in New Orleans, Feb. 18-20, 2011.
The relationship between ABA and BASS allows both organizations to introduce more anglers to competitive bass fishing. BASS and ABA lifetime members, as well as B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members and Triton boat owners, receive priority registration into the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series.
For more information on the Bassmaster Weekend Series, and to see the 2010 divisional schedules, click here.